Monday, March 10, 2014

Why Does "He" Delay?

"Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord..."

Isaiah 64:1-4

God is a God of action. He is an active God. Active tense. Participatory. Involved. Present. Even when He rested on the seventh day of creation, it wasn't because He was tired and needed to recuperate. Omnipotence requires no rest. And although He deliberately made a choice to stop His creative activity, He never ceased working.

The same is true in our lives. Yes, I really do believe in an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God. I believe that He thought of a concept and flung the stars into being. I am also bright enough to believe that He is a God of order and of respect. And I think that same God might have used things like science, evolution, and progression to accomplished a divine, and designed, purpose. That being said, while the Lord is always controlling the universe, He is, at the same time, intimately involved with individual lives.

God has a plan for each one of us and wants us to know what it is. We can be a stubborn and hard-headed people. Every time we take a step of obedience, He sheds more light on our path. But sometimes He asks us to pause awhile, and we may not know why. We long for direction in a particular matter, but our prayers, seemingly, just aren't being answered, and we wonder, Why does He delay?

God has not forgotten you. God knows exactly where you are...  Check yourself, your circumstances and your part in hindering or ignoring God's will. When you aren't seeing any answers, it doesn't mean that God is not working. He's still actively involved in your life, but He works in ways that are not always visible. He orchestrates circumstances, changes people's hearts, and protects His children from making hasty decisions that will have disastrous consequences. Do you long for a great relationship? Maybe you are not ready because the person you need to be with "isn't your type," or isn't going to put up with your shenanigans. Perhaps the Lord knows you're not yet ready for the next leg of your spiritual journey. I know you want to be a spiritual giant and a great prayer warrior. But to carry the mantle and the title, you also have to perform the office and complete the duty. Waiting times are opportunities for growth in character, obedience, and faith. He may also need time to train you for future responsibilities and ministries. David could have never slayed Goliath if he had never been sent to tend sheep for years prior to that. He had to kill a bear and a lion while he was doing other things before he became a great warrior and King.

Rest in God. When you intentionally choose to be still, God unleashes His mighty power on your behalf. He has planned good things for those who wait, and I believe what He has in store for your life will surpass all expectations. When He knows you're ready to receive His blessings, they'll flow into your lap.

#JustBeingMichael ツ

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